The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has released a report, Bringing Life to Learning, which reavelas that PSE students who participate in co-ops and work placements earn more than their peers, enjoy higher full-time employment rates, and are more likely to pay off their debt within 2 years. The data come from Statistics Canada's most recent National Graduates Survey. The report also states that "in an increasingly competitive job market, experiential learning makes students workplace-ready, setting them up for career success." COU President Bonnie M Patterson says in the near future 60% or more of undergraduates will take part in a co-op or other experiential learning placement. "[With experiential learning,] employers get to test new talent and are brought new ideas and fresh perspectives that can lead to significant improvements at their businesses or organizations. Students gain hands-on experience and discover what types of careers and organizations would be a good fit for them," says Patterson.
To read the full report visit: http://www.cou.on.ca/publications/reports/pdfs/march262014---experiential-learning-report